Madame Butterfly (play)

Madame Butterfly: A Tragedy of Japan is a play in one act by David Belasco adapted from John Luther Long's 1898 short story "Madame Butterfly". It premiered on March 5, 1900, at the Herald Square Theatre in New York City and became one of Belasco's most famous works. The play and Long's short story served as the basis for the libretto of Puccini's 1904 opera, Madama Butterfly. The title role was originally played in New York and London by Blanche Bates; in 1900–01 in New York by Valerie Bergere;[1] and in 1913 by Clara Blandick.

Valerie Bergere
as Cho Cho San (ca. 1902).


Page one of the first violin part of incidental music for Madame Butterfly by William Furst

Madame Butterfly was first performed March 5, 1900, at the Herald Square Theatre in New York City, after the curtain raiser Naughty Anthony.[2] The play was written and produced by David Belasco, with scenic design by Ernest Gros; incidental music was composed by William Furst.[3]


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Further readingEdit

  • Clapp, John Bouvé and Edgett, Edwin Francis (1902). Plays of the Present. Dunlap Society, pp. 165–167
  • Girardi, Michele (2002). Puccini: His International Art. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0-226-29758-6
  • Kerr, Douglas (1991). "David Henry Hwang and the Revenge of Madame Butterfly" in Asian Voices in English, Roy Harris (ed.). Hong Kong University Press, pp. 119–130. ISBN 962-209-282-9
  • van Rij, Jan (2001). Madame Butterfly: Japonisme, Puccini, & the Search for the Real Cho-Cho-San. Stone Bridge Press. ISBN 1-880656-52-3


  1. ^ Strang, Lewis Clifton (1902). Famous Actresses of the Day in America. Boston: L. C. Page and Company. pp. 176–180.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Dramatic and Musical". The New York Times. March 6, 1900. Retrieved 2017-03-20.
  3. ^ "Madame Butterfly". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved 2017-03-20.

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